What is paradise . . . to you?

Paradise is defined as an ideal place or state, but ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal asks, “what is paradise to you?” Their current international Call for Artists and Writers is paradise-themed so people of all ages from all around the world can share their visions.

Entries for ArtAscent‘s call may include two and three-dimensional media, drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, fabric, sculpture, fiction, poetry, short stories, and other writings. Each piece of writing must be at least 900 words.

Although many competitions are free of charge, this contest requires a ten-dollar entry fee for writers and fees as high as forty-five dollars for artists, but does not require a commission fee. Applicants must  using the online entry form from ArtAscent.com.

The contest will be judged. Ten writers will be published in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal, through website links, and in an online juried web exhibition for two years. The one writer who wins the contest will have the opportunity to be included in ArtAscent with a profile review, along with three other applicants form other categories. Overall, forty applicants will be selected.

The contest does not focus on a specific religion, but it does focus on spiritual, love, and Zen vibes. The writing genres include children’s, crime/thriller, drama, essay, fantasy, fiction, general, horror, mystery, poetry, romance, science fiction, and young adult. Previously published or unpublished works are eligible for entry.

If you believe that your idea of paradise is unique and should be showcased in the magazine, then this contest is the one for you. The application period closes on October 31.


Writing Contests!

Fall is contest season for creative writing, and four of the important ones for high school writers are either already accepting submissions or are about to start.

Bennington College’s Young Writers Awards is open to high school students in tenth through twelfth grades to enter their work into the following categories: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The entries are judged by faculty and students. In each category, the first place winner in each category is awarded $500, and the second place winner, $250. The submission deadline is November 1. All entries must be original!

The Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, sponsored by Hollins University, invites “young women” who are high school sophomores and juniors to submit up to two poems. The Creative Writing program students and faculty judge the entries and notify the winners in late February. The first prize winner receives free tuition and housing for Hollins Summer creative writing program, and $200. There six second place winners are awarded with $25. This is the 54th year for the contest.

The Kenyon Review‘s Patricia Grodd Poetry Poetry Prize for Young Writers is open to high school sophomores and juniors, who may enter one poem during the submission period: November 1 – 30. There is no prize money awarded, however the winner receives a scholarship to The Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. The two runners-up will have their poems published in The Kenyon Review.

The PTA’s annual Reflections competition for 2018 is also getting underway. The theme this year is “Within Reach.” Participation in the Reflections program is handled through the PTA, with schools, county councils, and state affiliates setting their own deadlines. Reflections is designed to encouraged arts education in schools, and the multi-genre Literature category is meant for young writers.